Bertrand continues torrid play in Italy

Illinois sophomore guard Joseph Bertrand continued to be the surprise of the team’s Italy trip, scoring a team-high 18 points in the Illini’s 131-65 win over Castellanza on Thursday.

It was the second game of the overseas trip Bertrand led the Illini in scoring. He also had a team-leading 14 points in Saturday’s win over Roma Selezione.

Tyler Griffey (17 points), Brandon Paul (15 points), Ibby Djimde (14 points), Myke Henry (13 points), Meyers Leonard (10 points) and Nnanna Egwu (10 points) also contributed in the win.

Illinois shot 53 of 97 from the field and made off 11-of-20 3-pointers. The Illinois also out-rebounded Castellanza 41-26 and had 28 assists and 24 steals.

Illinois improved to 2-1 in Italy.

Illinois will play its final game in Italy on Friday against Fulgor Omegna.